Roundup of Public Pools; Splash Parks & Beaches | Greater Madison Area

The summer heat is on its way, and your kiddos are going to want to get WET! Madison offers several family-friendly spots for water play–in fact, as I was doing research for this post, I was surprised to see just how many local hot (cool??) spots there are! And the best part? Most of them either very inexpensive or completely free! Most local splash pads, pools, and beaches open Memorial Day weekend or soon after, so the time to start mapping out your summer bucket list is NOW!


4350 Mounds Park Rd, Blue Mounds, WI, USA
One of the most popular attractions at Blue Mound State Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day i...
4084 Muller Road, DeForest, WI, USA
The Cradle Hill splash pad located at 4361 Cradle Hill Drive (Holland Fields subdivision) is an e...
1250 McKenna Blvd, Madison, WI, USA
The largest community park in Madison Parks, Elver Park spans an impressive 250 acres in the sout...
1818 Portage Road, Madison, WI, USA
Reindahl Park, found on Madison’s beautiful and historic East side, is a dynamic place where you ...
902 Magnolia Lane, Madison, WI, USA
Kids can dart back and forth between the water and the adjacent Genevieve Gurst-Herfurth Memorial...
6822 Yellowwood Lane, DeForest, WI, USA
Located at Conservancy Commons Park, this splash pad is open from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Memorial Da...
2930 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, WI, USA
This park includes a multi-use shelter with restrooms, picnic tables, a bicycle/pedestrian path s...
6300 Mendota Ave, Middleton, WI, USA
This free, outdoor aquatic park filled is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. The ...
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7762 County Road PD, Verona, WI, USA
A hidden gem! Goodman Aquatic Center (not to be confused with Goodman Pool!) is located at 7762 C...
2400 Park Lawn Pl, Middleton, WI, USA
The Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center is an outdoor facility, featuring the latest in aquatic ameni...
204 Park Street, Mt Horeb, WI, USA
The Aquatic Center features a 35 meter pool, zero depth baby pool, water slide, wet sand pla...
1013 Nichols Road, Monona, WI, USA
The Monona Community Pool is a 300,000-gallon outdoor pool with a water slide, two diving boards,...
4350 Mounds Park Rd, Blue Mounds, WI, USA
One of the most popular attractions at Blue Mound State Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day i...
920 Linnerud Drive, Sun Prairie, WI, USA
Features include: Zero-depth entrance Water spray features 210 foot water slide 2 kiddie slide...
325 W Olin Ave, Madison, WI, USA
Includes 2 waterslides, an 8 lane 25-meter lap area with diving boards, a zero-depth entrance, an...
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When you think of Madison, you might not immediately think “BEACHES!” But we actually have several beautiful lakeshore spots in the area, perfect for sandcastle-building and “real water” swimming!

Madison offers 4 regional beaches and 6 neighborhood beaches, all of which are staffed by lifeguards during certain hours in the summer. Generally, lifeguards are on duty from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, mid-June through the end of August, but please check the beach website for any changes to that schedule.

Oh, and of course, all of our beaches are completely FREE!

Regional beaches:

Vilas Park Beach, 702 S. Randall St. (next to the zoo)

Olbrich Beach, 3527 Atwood Ave.

Tenney Beach, 1414 E. Johnson St.

B.B. Clarke Beach, 835 Spaight St. (just off Williamson Street)

Neighborhood beaches:

  • Bernies Beach, 901 Gilson St.
  • Esther Beach, 2802 Waunona Way
  • James Madison Park Beach, 614 E. Gorham St.
  • Olin Park Beach, 1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
  • Spring Harbor Beach, 1918 Norman Way
  • Warner Park Beach, 1101 Woodward Dr.

You can find all the details on Madison beaches HERE!

P.S. What about waterparks?? When we Madisonians hear that word, many of us automatically think of Wisconsin Dells. But don’t forget that there’s an awesome outdoor waterpark right here in Dane County – check out Dolphin’s Cove! (At the Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie.)


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